Avoiding long-term opioids from the start is ideal. However, for patients with chronic pain who have been successfully managed on long-term opioids, benefits and risk must be considered carefully, and care needs to be individualized for each patient. In order to better address the needs of providers and patients living with pain, updates to the 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain have been developed and are expected to be available in late 2022. These updates will address the integration of non-opioid treatment options, meeting the needs of patients who need opioids, strategies for safe and effective tapering, and identifying when referral to a pain specialist is warranted.
In this second installment of a REMS BriefCase series on pain management, faculty will discuss the CDC Guideline updates and how to successfully implement them into practice to improve health-related quality of life (HRQoL) for patients with chronic pain. Upon completion, learners will leave equipped with the strategies necessary for safe and competent prescribing of opioids.
At the end of this CME/CE activity, participants should be able to incorporate the updated CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids to practice for safe and competent prescribing and improve health-related quality of life (HRQoL) for patients with chronic pain.
This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from the Opioid Analgesic REMS Program Companies.
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Physicians, surgeons, dentists, PAs, nurse practitioners, nurses, and pharmacists.
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Dr. Weimer reports the following financial relationships: Consultant: CVS Health and Path CCM, Inc.
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